Little visit to Gundam Front Tokyo.

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As we have already seen in the previous post, the Odaiba area is very modernist, made for people and created thinking about the entertainment of all citizens and also for tourists who are thousands a year who visit this particular area every year.

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Continue reading Little visit to Gundam Front Tokyo.

How to visit UP Garage, Kyoto Yawata Shop.

UP Garage stores are that kind of businesses that if your are a JDM lover must visit if you have the opportunity to travel to Japan. In almost every city, you will find one of these stores.

UP Garage shops differ of the also well known SuperAutobacs because the great market of second hand parts that is really impressive with incredible prices for other human beings non japanese compared to what we usually find in forums or on eBay for sale. Of course it is also possible to buy new parts for all models and all kinds of accessories but the more obvious is the thousands of second hand parts.

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The store is located in Kyoto Route 1 linking Kyoto and Osaka by stretches of motorway and dual carriageway. This is the section where you can travel from one city to another completely free highway payment. This road is also called Keihan Road (京阪 道路).

If you do not have a car, which can be very normal if your are on holidays, then everything changes. Get here using public transport is quite complicated, also you need to use the train and the bus. The bus stop is a few meters from the entrance of UP Garage so there is still a positive side.

HOW TO ARRIVE

To get from the city center of Kyoto for example from Kyoto Station you should take the Kinketsu Kyoto Line towards Tanbabashi Station. There are exactly 6 stops taking approximately 11 minutes to travel from station to station.

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Kyoto Station main view.

In Tanbabashi Station you have to change to another line, we are now looking for the Keihan Line towards Kuzuha Station (樟 葉 駅) this tour is also 6 stops, although a little longer with a duration of about 18 minutes.

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Tanbabashi Station entrance.

Kuzuha Station is just the start of the odyssey, here you are out of tourist influx. The tricky part is that you are now moving on the outskirts of the city. Travelling by bus requires a little patience but if you follow carefully the instructions you will reach your goal.

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Kuzuha Station.

You are now in Hirakata, and the train station is just one minute walk to the bus stop, but it is important to go in the right direction so pay close attention to the posters announcing bus stops (バ ス).

Find the line 16 of the Yamanote Line towards Suihaku (水 珀). There are a total of 8 stops the drop off at Suihaku. You are just 15 meters away of UP Garage.Congratulations, you got it.

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Here the is just some example of what can you find inside the shop but there will be a new cover of the shop itself. Stay tuned.

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JZX Spot in Fukakusainarionmae, Kyoto.

Fukakusainarionmae is the main street that leads you to one of the most popular temples in Kyoto. The well known Fushimi Inari temple.

It is a very narrow street surrounded by hundreds of every kind of small business. Food, art crafts, traditional japanese sweets, kimonos and whatever you have in mind. It is totally prohibited to park and the street is just one way heading the city centre. Continue reading JZX Spot in Fukakusainarionmae, Kyoto.

Photos of Nara-shi, Kansai.

When you get to the ancient city of Nara-shi, things are different from the Japanese megacities like Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka. Here everything runs more quietly, without so much hurry or stress. Time here moves slowly, and is very easy to catch the antique spirit of the city.

Once you arrive at the train station of Nara (Nara Station) you realize that Nara is a unique city in the Kansai region, and in its train station, run by the JR Company as almost all of the Kansai area, things happen much more slowly. There are no people running everywhere, no queues to get train tickets at the electronic ticket expenders.

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Here people live much more relaxed, and only lost tourists trying to realize how to reach some of the many temples you can visit in this small and ancient city make you think that this city one day was so important during the Nara era.

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Neither the streets are crowded, there are no large buildings surrounding your or cars everywhere trying to move in the traffic, not even illuminated signs of hundreds of advertising companies like in other cities.

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Especially if you have the chance of visiting Nara out of the tourist season, you will get the pleasure of enjoying a quiet city with a vast culture, antique temples, and great nature as few others city can be found in Japan.

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With very many local businesses, especially on main roads that towards to Todai-ji (Eastern 東大寺 Great Temple), you’ll find great variety of local crafts, delicious traditional food and all kinds of accessories for clothing or home ornaments. Do not miss the chance of visiting every shop here, the stuff here is very friendly and always smiling looking for you to buy with no matter of time.

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Nara is primarily a city for tourists, it is their main source of income and that makes the city very easy for visiting even if you do not understand Japanese language. Back to when I say city for tourists I do not mean to foreign tourists.

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Even if the city receives many foreign tourist throughout the year, here domestic tourist are the most important for the city.

Nara is probably the most authentic city of Ancient Japan with all its splendor in the year 800 AD and therefore part of the national large-scale tourism where you can enjoy its landscapes, ancient temples and where its characteristic Todai-ji harboring deers in the open as if a natural reserve was where children and adults enjoy feed and play them.

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Delivering your daily dose of japanese car culture

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